Ready for a confession? Even on a family vacation, sometimes I need a break from my children. There are times when my husband and I want to spend some child-free time together in the parks or go to a restaurant that’s less than kid-friendly. When these times come up, I am grateful that Disney offers childcare centers and baby-sitters.
When I mention using Disney childcare, I’m often met with disbelief from family and friends that I’m allowing a stranger to watch my children. However, all childcare cast members for the in-room baby-sitting are rigorously vetted and have an impressive list of qualifications, including:
- are at least 18 years of age
- are certified in child/infant CPR and basic first aid
- are trained by Kid’s Nite Out & must complete Walt Disney World “Traditions”
- have previous childcare or teaching experience
- are thoroughly interviewed, screened, references are checked, and criminal background checks are performed
- Many of our professional caregivers possess advanced training, a state teaching certificate or a CDA certificate.
In Room Baby-Sitting
Offered by Kid’s Nite Out, in room baby sitting services are available from 8am to 9pm daily. While not employed by Disney World exactly, this service is the recommended service of Walt Disney World. Rates are as follows:
- 1 Child – $18 per hour
- 2 Children – $21 per hour
- 3 Children – $24 per hour
- 4 Children – $26 per hour
All rates are hourly based and there is a four (4) hour minimum charge. Caregiver transportation fee is $10.00. Interested in booking an in room sitter? They may be reached at 1-800-696-8105.
Children’s Activity Centers
Disney World also offers four activity centers in various resorts. They are:
My children have personally visited Simba’s Cubhouse and Lilo’s Playhouse. They will tell you that they prefer Lilo’s Playhouse, I’m assuming because it is a bit larger with a few more activities. During their stays, activities have included dress-up, coloring, baking classes, science experiments and character visits! My daughter still talks about the dance party with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee!
My children beg to attend these Children’s Centers! They are packed full of fun and activities and the classic Disney customer service and kindness. I never once worried about their well-being or if they were bored.
A few things to keep in mind about the Children’s Centers
- Children must be 3 to 12 years old and fully potty-trained. No pull-ups allowed.
- Rates vary by location. For Simba’s Cubhouse, an hourly rate of $15 is charged per child, with a 2-hour minimum. For Lilo’s Playhouse and Sandcastle Club, a flat rate of $55 is charged per child for the duration of the evening.
- Dinner is included in the cost of the service and parents can order kid-friendly fare for their children at check-in. Mealtimes are approximate, with dinner served at 6:00 PM and snacks at 10:00 PM. Given prior notice, the Children’s Activity Centers can accommodate children with special dietary needs. No outside food, please.
- Open from 4:30pm to 12:00am daily.
- Advance reservations are recommended for all locations. Reservations can be made up to 180 days prior to your arrival at the Resort. Same day walk-ins are welcome based on availability.
- Call (407) WDW-DINE for reservations.
Though not advertised, we received a 10% annual passholder discount when we requested it.
Camp Dolphin is run a bit differently:
- Children must be 4 to 12 years old and fully potty trained. No pull ups are allowed.
- An hourly rate of $15 per child with a 2 hour minimum.
- Open from 5:00pm to 12:00am daily.
- Advance reservations are required for Camp Dolphin. Reservations can be made up to 180 days prior to your arrival at the Resort.
- Call (407) 934-4241 for reservations.